Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader in the 8th house of representatives, has been elected speaker. The choice candidate of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 281 votes to defeat Mohammed Bago, still of the APC, who had 76 votes.
Like Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Gbajabiamila was the preferred candidate of the APC in 2015 but Yakubu Dogara, who was then of the APC, had teamed up with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to defeat him.
Dogara had defeated him with just eight votes.
While the sorting of votes was ongoing, Bago walked up to Gbajabiamila to congratulate him and this elicited a thunderous round of applause among their colleagues.
Idris Wase of the ruling party was elected deputy speaker of the house of representatives.
Wase, who had dropped his speakership ambition to support Gbajabiamila, was elected unopposed.
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